21j. Princess Way, Stretton, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Located adjacent a bridge carrying the A38 dual carriageway stands an 8 m tubular steel column supporting a GEC Z9555 135 Watt SOX cut-off lantern; the proximity of the bypass (presumably) being the reason for such a lantern being specified here, particularly as an identical column (supporting a gear-in-head Philips MA 50 lantern, but likely to have supported another Z9555 when new) was situated on the other side of the bridge until being replaced with a 10 m column supporting a Thorn Civic 1 150 Watt SON lantern in the 2010s. The reduced mounting heights of the adjacent columns, together with the use of cut-off lanterns, was perhaps a way of trying to ensure that the roadway beneath the bridge was lit adequately, rather than obscuring the lighting from traffic travelling along the A38.
The lantern emerges from relatively dense foliage.
The industrial, box-like construction is typical of GEC's cut-off lantern range.
A few dents are visible in the lantern's canopy when viewed from the other side.
The column is slightly more visible from this direction.
Walking past this installation in March 2021 revealed that the column had been replaced. Oddly, an Urbis ZX3 with white canopy was used as the replacement, rather than an LED offering, as might be expected.
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